Researcher, P.h.D.

Élise Smedbol

Researcher, Ph.D.

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About

Élise holds a B.Sc. and a master’s degree in biology, as well as a Ph.D. in environmental sciences from the Université of Québec in Montréal. She first worked on the toxicity of glyphosate-based herbicides on aquatic microorganisms. Through her Ph.D. she worked on the phytotoxicity of these same herbicides in soybean and transgenic corn, as well as on different weed management strategies in conventional corn and soybean field crops. During her doctoral studies, she had the opportunity to carry out a long research stay in Brazil, at the University of Brasília (UnB) and at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) where she has developed research collaborations and expertise in plant physiology and pesticides analyses in food. She then held a position of research associate in plant protection and crop management at McGill University’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as part of the Multidisciplinary Expertise Cluster for the Lake Saint-Pierre Sustainable Coastal Management. She joined IRDA in November 2022 as a weed scientist. She is working on the development of an integrated weed management research program aiming at reducing herbicide use while maintaining the agrosystems productivity.

Academic background

  • Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal | 2019
  • M.Sc., Biology, Université du Québec à Montréal | 2013
  • B.Sc., Biology, Université du Québec à Montréal | 2011

 

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Integrated weed management
  • Phytotoxicity
  • Risk assessment
  • Plant physiology
  • Pesticide testing

Related research project(s)

2020-2023 • Market gardening

Assessing a weeding robot for use in organic market gardening

New, robotic weed control strategy for widespread use in field vegetables grown organically in Québec.

Researcher: Élise Smedbol

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2019-2023 • Market gardeningField crops

Developing strategies and methods for weeding carrots grown in rotation with field crops

Development of weeding strategies and methods that will reduce weed pressure on carrot crops, especially row-crop carrots, which appear to be the most problematic.

Researcher: Élise Smedbol

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Élise Smedbol
2019-2023 • Field cropsMarket gardening

Developing a mechanical weeding strategy for narrow-row organic field and vegetable crops

Experimenting narrow-row crop weed control strategy on three crops: green beans, peas, and soybeans.

Researcher: Élise Smedbol

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Élise Smedbol

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Célia Bordier

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Vanessa Villeneuve, laboratory technician

Vanessa Villeneuve

Laboratory Technician

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Gaetan Martinelli, research assistant

Gaetan Martinelli

Research Assistant

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